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PET Functional Imaging

Updated May 14, 2013                                        
Scanning set-up GE scannerThe BC Cancer Agency has established a Functional Cancer Imaging Centre which includes B.C.'s only publicly funded PET/CT scanners. Located at the Agency's Vancouver Centre, the facility began operations on June 28, 2005 and as of May 1, 2013 had performed over 25,000 procedures.

On September 27, 2010, the Vancouver Centre also opened its onsite PET Cyclotron/Radiopharmacy facility. While currently producing product for inhouse use, this facility will allow the program to eventually manufacture clinical PET radiopharmaceuticals on a provincial scale while also enabling research of new compounds.

More recently on July 11, 2011, this facility also launched its second clinical PET/CT scanner. This state-of-the-art 64-slice time-of-flight PET/CT scanner has doubled clinical scanning capacity within BC's public healthcare system from 3,100 to 6,200 PET/CT scans annually.

PET/CT scanning is available at this facility for adult and pediatric patients who fall within the BC Cancer Agency's specific approved indications and guidelines.

The Functional Cancer Imaging Centre has made available some general information about PET/CT scanning at our facility. Please see the left side of the screen to view more information on:
  • Clinical Indications
  • Clinical Trial Information and Patient Consent Form 
  • Contact Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
  • Patient Information 
  • Patient Instructions
The Functional Cancer Imaging Centre is being developed to:
  • Improve cancer diagnosis and treatment planning for patients and health care professionals 
  • Build research programs for the discovery, development and application of new radiotracers 
  • Apply new advances in imaging to improve prevention, early diagnosis and management of cancers
  • Collaborate in a growing national and international network of functional imaging programs

Vision Statement
To be a national leader in the development and implementation of molecular imaging technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Mission Statement
To always provide professional and compassionate patient care, along with appropriate and timely access to high quality Functional Imaging services that will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases in British Columbians.

To continue improving Functional Imaging services for patients in British Columbia by:

  • Developing a regulatory-compliant provincial radiotracer production/distribution program.
  • Reducing wait times and providing equitable access through regional expansion of clinical PET/CT imaging services.

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